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The Elizabethan theatre
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The origins of English theatre
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: The origins of the theatre in Britain are linked to medieval secular celebrations.
B: The first performances were held to commemorate great Christian events.
C: At first, the performances took place inside churches and the language used was Latin.
D: When they moved outside the churches, Latin was replaced with English, but monks and priests still acted in these performances.
E: Lay people's performances became known as 'mystery plays'.
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The sources of the plays
Choose the correct alternative to complete the text.

The Elizabethan theatre was influenced by ________ tragedies. It also borrowed the division of the play into ________ acts, the tragic and bloody incidents, the taste for ________ and the use of good ________ to express emotions and passions from ________. Thomas Kyd's The ________ Tragedy is an example of this kind of plays, mixed with Machiavellian elements. Kyd also added a feature in which the ________ includes the staging of a play within the ________, whose audience is composed of the ________.
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The development of drama
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Drama became the most important form of Elizabethan art in an age which was characterized by few interests and a vital language. Entertainment was a part of life in towns and villages for a mixed kind of audience that was more accustomed to reading than to listening. Public performances were permitted in the City of London, so theatres were built on the South Bench of the Thames and soon became similar to cultural enterprises.
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The structure of Elizabethan theatres
Each sentence refers to an element in Elizabethan theatres. Choose the correct alternative.
A: It was concealed by a curtain when not in use and proved necessary for several plays.
B: It had a circular or octagonal form.
C: It looked down on the stage.
D: It was the place where the poorer spectators or 'groundlings' stood.
E: It was projected into the yard.
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The structure of Elizabethan theatres
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. The ________ protected the players from the rain and was over the stage.
2. The ________ in front of the stage was used for apparitions, disappearances and burials.
3. The actors changed their costumes in the ________, which was probably at the back of the stage.
4. The ________ was normally used by musicians.
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The structure of Elizabethan theatres
Tick the words related to the structure of Elizabethan theatres.
A: Exhibition
B: Yard
C: Apron stage
D: Piers
E: Pit
F: Gate
G: Shadow roof
H: Ceiling
I: Trap door
J: Lift
K: Tiring house
L: Lockers
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Elizabethan plays
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: The structure of Elizabethan theatres had no relationship with the form of the plays.
B: In Shakespeare's time the actors acted on the apron stage in the middle of the audience, explaining their intentions in soliloquies.
C: There was an intimate and direct communication with the public.
D: Women acted in Shakespeare's time and also played male roles.
E: In those times the acting companies were permanent 'fellowships of players', who worked on the basis of a share system.
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Elizabethan plays
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In the theatres of the time scenery was present and plays took place at sunset. On the stage several props were used. A simple bulb represented the night world. The action was interrupted. A scene ended when all the actors occupied the stage. The time and locality were usually indicated in the dialogue.
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The sources of the plays
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Playwrights borrowed freely from ________ sources. The characters and situations were often ________ and the plays contained ________ and elements of ________. Typical subject were also man's place inside an ________ universe and the mutability of ________.
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The sources of the plays
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

The Elizabethan theatre
A: drew a lot from French plays, thanks to the availability of translations.
B: was influenced by the Italian Commedia dell'arte.
C: was not influenced by the Italian companies which travelled throughout England in the middle of the 16th century.
D: owed much to the works of Greek tragedy and the Latin tragedian Seneca.
E: was attracted by Niccolò Machiavelli's display of horrors, unnatural crimes, vice and corruption.
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